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Weather Seminar – Kortrijk (28th September 2019)

28 September

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Presented by Alan South and hosted by Dirk De Jonge, Kortrijk (EBKT) in Belgium.

The best safety device in any aircraft is a well-trained pilot. Weather related events account for a high percentage of general aviation (GA) accidents and for one of the highest fatality rates. In the US, 29% of the GA accidents taking place is related to severe weather.  Thunderstorms encounters are deadly in almost 80% of the time.

Our objective for this days seminar is to bring pilots the latest in weather planning and monitoring information. Numerical weather models such as the GFS model are providing pilots with new ways to look at the weather.  Nowcasting and cheap datalink satellite weather solutions offer crews a way to stay up-to-date with the latest weather developments even during flight.

To facilitate a PPL/IR Europe event in continental Europe, Dirk de Jonge, is hosting and Alan South will present the 5th version of the very popular weather seminar at Kortrijk Airport on Saturday the 8th June 2019.

We are planning interactive sessions with all participants and to that end, attendance is limited to 20 people. If oversubscribed,  priority will be given to less experienced pilots and those who did not attend the previous seminars.

The purpose of the day is to review and train for weather decision making on routes and equipment typically flown by PPL/IR Europe members. The day will cover:

A more practical understanding of the weather parameters of interest to the private instrument rated pilot than is covered in the theoretical knowledge exams

Modern forecasting methods and resources

Practical analysis of real-life weather scenarios by the participants themselves

The seminar is about equipping the participants to make informed weather decisions that are right for them as individuals. Importantly, it is not about advocating flight in any more or less extreme weather. The content is relevant to all pilots flying under IFR, whether EASA, FAA or IR(R) rated.

The day will start with tea/coffee and registration at 1030 for an 1100 start, and conclude by 1700.  A sandwich lunch will be available.  If there is sufficient demand, it may be possible to organise a social dinner before the event; please indicate if you would be interested in this when booking your place.

Further details of joining instructions and programme will be sent before the event


If people want to stay overnight then we recommend the Parkhotel in Kortrijk. http://www.parkhotel.be

For those wishing to arrive the night before, Dirk will be escorting a walk around the Red Baron airfield, used during WW1.  This takes about 1.5 hours. Please indicate on the registration form if you would like to do this.



We don’t know yet if the airport will offer special rates, a typical SEP would be about 30€, no handling needed; the rates are on their website. the good news : the LPV approach works like a charm come in via MAK, only one aricraft in the procedure at once allowed; opening hours from 06:00L till 21:00L, no additional charges for night.

If you have any questions, please contact me, Jim Busby, Meetings Secretary


The basic cost of the seminar will be around €40 per participant and covers the rental of the meeting room and a provided lunch. This is just a budget figure at the moment and we will amend it as we harden up the booking and be based on numbers registering. Registering for this seminar is free of charge and any costs will be recovered at the seminar itself.

Not included are:

  • Landing and aircraft parking fees at EBKT will be around €30 and should be paid separately.


28 September


Jim Busby


Kortrijk/Wevelgem (EBKT)
Luchthavenstraat 1
Wevelgem, B-8560 Belgium
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